It’s that time of year where every MLS game matters. It’s do-or-die time for many teams and, as we saw last night with the San Jose Earthquakes upsetting the star-studded LA Galaxy, there are sure to be many more eye-raising results as the playoffs approach. So with thousands in guaranteed cash prizes to be awarded today, let’s take a look at some players who will help you climb to the top of the leaderboard. As always, I will be posting starting lineups on Twitter (@DraftKicks) as they become available – usually an hour before kickoff. Good luck!
Chris Konopka – $5,300 – Toronto FC – Konopka posted a clean sheet in his return to the starting XI, with a light work load in a 5-0 win against Orlando City. He has a good shot at making it back-to-back clean sheets in a pivotal game against Canadian rivals Montreal Impact – who have just one goal in their last three games across all competitions.
Andre Blake – $5,100 – Philadelphia Union – The 2014 MLS SuperDraft top pick came up huge in his first start of the season, notching 18 points in leading Philadelphia to a 1-0 win at Montreal last weekend. The Union are fighting for their playoff lives and will be banking on Blake to mind the net against a Revolution team that is winless in eight straight road games.
Others to Consider – Steve Clark (Columbus Crew; $4,300), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire; $4,100), Bobby Shuttleworth (New England Revolution; $4,300)
Harrison Afful – $3,500 – Columbus Crew – The speedy Ghanaian has been a spark plug on the wing since joining the Crew’s starting lineup. Afful has six crosses in consecutive games and will be swinging balls in for the current Golden Boot front runner Kei Kamara against the worst defense in the league. He has big upside at just $3,500 and is one of the top values on the board in a game that should produce a lot of goals.
Angelino – $5,100 – New York City FC – The Manchester City product has produced just a single point in back-to-back games, but i’m going back to the well with Angelino. He’s hitting eight fantasy points per game at home, with two assists in his last three games at Yankee Stadium. Similar to Afful above, he has one of the deadliest weapons in the league at his disposal in David Villa. I’m banking on Angelino playing a part in the NYCFC attack this afternoon.
Drew Moor – $4,300 – Colorado Rapids – MLS veteran Drew Moor has excelled in his new role at right back, earning 11+ points in two of his last three games. Moor swung in six crosses in midweek action to go along with two shots and two fouls drawn. Expect more of the same from the set-piece danger man tonight.
Others to Consider – Chris Tierney (New England Revolution; $6,100), Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew; $3,900), Sheanon Williams (Houston Dynamo; $4,300)
Federico Higuain – $8,800 – Columbus Crew – Higuain was unfortunate not to have scored last weekend, rattling the crossbar with one of his five shots on the day. He did contribute an assist, however, and has a tasty matchup today against the “defense” of New York City FC.
Ethan Finlay – $8,300 – Columbus Crew – If you can’t tell by now, i’m targeting all Crew attackers against NYCFC. Finlay had an assist on six crosses when these teams met just 10 days ago. I expect similar production in today’s rematch.
Cristian Maidana – $9,100 – Philadelphia Union – Maidana has an assist in four straight games in the home confines of PPL Park. The Argentine leads the league with 14 helpers on the season and will be pulling the strings again tonight against an exploitable Revolution back line.
Others to Consider – Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake; $9,200), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC; $9,200), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution; $8,900), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC; $6,500), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo; $8,100)
Sebastian Giovinco – $13,900 – Toronto FC – Giovinco scored a goal and assisted on another in TFC’s win over Orlando last weekend en route to a 27 point outing. There is a reason Giovinco is the highest priced player on the board, as he has 20+ point upside every time he steps on the field. There is enough value on the board today to roll the Atomic Ant out in a favorable home game against rival Montreal Impact – who he dropped a goal and an assist on already earlier this year.
Kei Kamara – $11,000 – Columbus Crew – Have I mentioned that i’m anticipating goals at Yankee Stadium today? With over six goals per game scored, on average, in the last four contests at Yankee Stadium – i’m going to have plenty of exposure to this game. Kamara currently sits atop the Golden Boot leaderboard and will be eager to add to his 18-goal tally. The big target man bagged a goal and added an assist against this same NYCFC squad just 10 days ago.
David Villa – $13,000 – New York City FC – The former World Cup champion has a goal in four consecutive games at Yankee Stadium – averaging over 30 DK points per game across that span. You’ll likely have to decide between one (or two) of the big three targets today, but a case can be made for all three considering the monster numbers they’re capable of putting up.
Others to Consider – David Accam (Chicago Fire; $6,600), Dom Dwyer (Sporting KC; $9,000), Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver Whitecaps; $8,200)
Kennedy Igboananike – $6,400 – Chicago Fire – Igbo has four goals and an assist across his last three games. He’s had two massive performances with 34+ DK points in that stretch. The Fire attack is clicking right now and Igbo has another good matchup against expansion side Orlando City tonight.
Dillon Serna – $4,500 – Colorado Rapids – Serna came through with the game-winning assist in Colorado’s midweek win – making it the second double-digit performance in as many games. At just $4,500 Serna is certainly worth a look considering he has a goal, an assist, four crosses and four shots over those two games.